LRP - Licenses

LRP - Regulations

LRP - Permits

Recreation - Statewide

Recreation - Trapping

Recreation - Fishing

Recreation - Hunting

Env. Protection - Management

Env. Protection - Emergency

Env. Protection - Resources

To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below.

Got license?
Give yourself the license to relax and catch some memories while you're at it.
Know the regulations to make your fishing more enjoyable.
Places to fish
Wisconsin offers a variety of fishing opportunities. Give them a try!
Learn to fish
Learn to fish and share your knowledge with others.

Subscribe to keep up to date on the Root River Steelhead Facility.

Contact information
For information on Lake Michigan Fisheries contact:
Bradley Eggold

Root River Report

Steelhead at Root River Steelhead at Root River

The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report for the latest fishing information on Lake Michigan and Green Bay.

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers.

Root River Fishing Report for May 7, 2017

The river is currently flowing at 110cfs and the water visibility is about 14in. No anglers reported catching steelhead this week. One sucker and two smallmouth bass were reported caught. The water temperature was 60F above The Steelhead Facility and 61F below The Steelhead Facility.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

Upstream of The Steelhead Facility

Only a couple of anglers were fishing upstream of the facility this week and none reported catching any fish.

Downstream of The Steelhead Facility

Not many anglers fished downstream of the facility this week. One angler reported catching two smallmouth bass on live worms at lincoln park. Another angler fishing near the 6th St. bridge reported catching a sucker on live worms.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: April 5, 2017 - the facility is closed RIVER TEMP: 46
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 894      
Passed Upstream 774    


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


Egg Take


Last revised: Monday May 22 2017